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Districts, councils and units: A grassroots primer

The PTA structure is organized from the bottom up, starting with the local PTA at your child’s school and going all the way to National PTA.

THREE LEVELS OF LOCAL ADVOCACY

Three levels of geographical organization are part of California PTA:

  • Units – The familiar local PTA at your child’s school is called a “unit.” Organized and chartered according to rules and regulations outlined in California State PTA bylaws, units are self-governing organizations for the purpose of planning programs and activities to meet local community needs. However, they are required to observe policies of California State PTA and National PTA. Find out more about your school’s local PTA unit.
  • Councils – Councils are groups of member units that come together for conferences, leadership trainings and other coordinated area efforts.
  • Districts — District PTAs are large geographical divisions of California State PTA, established to carry out programs and coordinate the work of the councils and units.

DISTRICT OFFICES   DISTRICT MAP

LOCALS ASSISTED BY STATE AND NATIONAL GROUPS

To help units, councils and districts accomplish school and community goals, California State PTA:

  • Serves as a liaison with National PTA
  • Represents PTA through participation in statewide meetings and conferences of allied groups, agencies, and coalitions having goals similar to PTA
  • Provides leadership training through the annual convention meeting, field services and workshops
  • Provides services, materials, and publications
  • Supports and works for legislation on statewide issues affecting education, health and well-being of children and youth
  • Serves as a clearinghouse for PTA information and as a coordinating agency for PTA work in the state.

YOUR SCHOOL, YOUR COMMUNITY, YOUR PTA

The best way to get involved in PTA is to start where it affects your child and family most: in your own community.  Join PTA and, to find out about activities and advocacy happening in your own neighborhood, contact your school’s local unit.

FIND YOUR LOCAL PTA

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT COUNCILS AND DISTRICTS

COUNCILS

DISTRICTS